David Marsh is Returning To Collegiate Coaching

David Marsh is headed to Berkeley to assist head coach Dave Durden with the men’s collegiate team at Cal until the NCAA Championships. A formal announcement with more details about his title and role is expected on Friday.

Marsh returns to collegiate coaching two years after resigning as the head coach of UCSD in 2019. Marsh spent two seasons leading the Tritons, who ended up finishing 10th (men) and 6th (women) at the 2019 NCAA Division II Championships.

Marsh is currently the head coach of Team Elite Aquatics in San Diego, California, and the ‘Professional Adviser’ of the Israel Swimming Association. In addition, he coaches the LA Current during the ISL Season, who most recently finished 4th at the 2021 ISL Finals.

Marsh developed Team Elite through his role with SwimMAC Carolina, a position he held for nearly a decade. As the CEO and Director of Coaching of SwimMAC, he was able to develop a group of elite athletes that generated 14 Olympians for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games.

In 2016, Marsh was given the role as 2016 Head U.S. Women’s Olympic Swim Coach. Under the guidance of Marsh, ​Team Elite​ put more athletes on the 2016 United States’ Olympic swim team than any program in the nation. If Team Elite were a country, they would have placed 4th in the medal standings in Rio. Some of the most notable athletes in that group include Ryan Lochte, Katie Meili, Kathleen Baker, and Anthony Ervin.

Marsh is arguably most known for his stint as the head coach of Auburn, where led the Tigers from 1990-2007. In his tenure Auburn amassed a record-setting 12 NCAA Team Titles, 7 on the men’s side and 5 on the women’s side.

Notably, Durden was a former assistant under Marsh at Auburn from 2002-2005. Durden was on staff for six of the Tigers’ NCAA Team Championships, with the men winning in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and the women winning in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Marsh will assist Dave Durden, Chase Kreitler, and volunteer assistant Matt Martinez with the men’s team. Cal is currently seeded 2nd on the CSCAA Top-25 Polls and features three Olympians on their varsity roster: Hugo Gonzalez (Spain), Robin Hanson (Sweden), Bryce Mefford (USA), and Bjorn Seeliger (Sweden).

Kreitler and his wife are expecting the birth of their child in February, which opens the door for Marsh to come in as an assistant under Durden.

In This Story

56
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of

56 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Sam B
10 months ago

and let’s not get too excited about SI swimming, it’s just history repeating itself:
NCA grows, barely can find pool space, NCA coach leaves, a new club shows up, takes JCC, kids leave, NCA shrinks, kids split between RSD and new club, swimswam comments blow up, new club moves, NCA grows,
rinse wash repeat

Last edited 10 months ago by Sam B
Andrew Jackson
Reply to  Sam B
9 months ago

Could you please explain what the abbreviations NCA, JCC and RSD mean?

Last edited 9 months ago by Andrew Jackson
Admin
Reply to  Andrew Jackson
9 months ago

North Coast Aquatics, Jewish Community Center, and Rancho San Dieguito. The first and third acronyms are clubs, the second is a facility that has a pool that teams train out of in the area.

Former Big10
10 months ago

A bit of a head scratcher… good at getting results, but poor morals.
Dave must be really tired of losing to Eddie.

Time For Barta To Go
10 months ago

Here for the comments.

Cate
Reply to  Time For Barta To Go
10 months ago

Oh, come on. Don’t be a passive observer.

samulih
Reply to  Time For Barta To Go
10 months ago

weak sauce this time, popcorns getting cold…. just some misogynists whining about parental leave

Meeeeee
10 months ago

Why does Kreitler’s wife having a baby open the door for Marsh? Is he pulling a Pete Buttigeig and taking a 3 month paternity leave?

Taa
Reply to  Meeeeee
10 months ago

Obviously he is and it looks like Durden has a pretty good back up plan in place.

PVSFree
Reply to  Meeeeee
10 months ago

Why is taking paternity leave being stigmatized? I (a dude) don’t have kids yet, but when I do, you know I’m taking full advantage of it to: 1) bond with my child and 2) give my wife some time off. Having and caring for children shouldn’t be totally reserved for the mother; dads should play a big role in raising their children.

anonymous
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

Yes and also add you never know how hard the pregnancy has been if there have been complications the mom might need more support.

PsychoDad
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

You are a good man. My wife delieved our 4 kids on C-section (3 pregnancies). Carried twins full term (14+ pounds total). She say she loved to be pregnant because she got all credit and I did all work. Unless you are Tesla or De Vinci, nothing you do is important enough to miss a second of your child’s life.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PsychoDad
10 months ago

Yet, parenting turned you psycho.

B1Guy!
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

Preach brotha!

Cate
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

Daddy’s girl here. I love you.

Meeeee
Reply to  PVSFree
10 months ago

Who is stigmatizing it? I asked a question. I have known Chase personally. He is a great Christian man. I have 4 children. I would tell him that the time very early after delivery is important. But staying off the job for more than a few days is unnecessary. My advice would be to take the time when the kids are toddlers if you want to give your wife a real break. A newborn is always highly attached to its mother. Just the way it is. Bonding won’t happen for the dad for a while. And often in those who belong to a church there are many people willing to help, bringing food etc. Highly likely his wife’s mother will… Read more »

JeahBrah
Reply to  Meeeee
10 months ago

So much cringe in one post. I’d applaud the witty satire except it’s not.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Meeeee
10 months ago

How ’bout if you just want to spend time bonding to and supporting your great Christian wife after she just produced your great Christian child?

Nobodyfromnowhere
Reply to  Meeeeee
10 months ago

I truly love that people take the time to troll comment on a swimming website. Fascinating to me, honestly.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Nobodyfromnowhere
10 months ago

Oh, it’s the best. Fan of a Cal rival thinking of a way to get a sick burn in on a guy for…taking days off he is owed.

I’m more interested in the Big Brain that makes taking employer-offered days off a bad thing.

Meeeee
Reply to  Nobodyfromnowhere
10 months ago

I asked a question. Compared it to a recent absurd example. I’m glad you loved my comment.

please & thank you
Reply to  Meeeee
10 months ago

Just a hunch, ‘Compared it to a recent absurd example’ is where the questions are coming from. 

Cate
Reply to  Meeeeee
10 months ago

Do you have some kind of problem with paternity leave?

Meeeee
Reply to  Cate
10 months ago

Nope. Where did you get that idea? See my comments above. Do you have a problem with that?

Lisa
Reply to  Cate
10 months ago

he doesn’t have a problem as long as it’s no longer than “a few days”. So glad my husband has more sense than that! I mean you do you man, but shaming someone for taking more than 3 days away from the pool when his wife has a baby is just… not the direction this post needed to go in. And yes, before you get defensive you ARE shaming him.

Katie Legoatkey
10 months ago

Cal men winning NCAAs this year mark my words

Taa
Reply to  Katie Legoatkey
10 months ago

Yeah like 8 foreign swimmers with A cuts about to transfer in

CaliParent
Reply to  Taa
10 months ago

Wow! They are smart.

h2olover
Reply to  Taa
10 months ago

https://swimswam.com/a-look-at-the-most-recent-usa-trained-international-olympic-medalists/

It doesn’t appear that Cal is the only school to have dirty foreigners on their roster.

necho
Reply to  Katie Legoatkey
10 months ago

And if they do win Marsh will claim the title as his

SCCOACH
10 months ago

So is Team Elite joining him? Or is he leaving that?

tallswimmer
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

As far as I can tell, there really isn’t a Team Elite anymore? Sometimes some people training in San Diego, but no big group like there used to be.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

Based on their results, he left Team Elite a long time ago.

‘Ol South
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Didn’t he push Northcoast Aquatics out of that JCC pool for his team? What a shame for that club, all due to one man’s greed.

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  ‘Ol South
10 months ago

He did. Sadly.

Sam B
Reply to  ‘Ol South
10 months ago

no, it was way more complicated than that. NCA “was happy” to loose JCC and blame it on TE

NCA Swammer
Reply to  Sam B
10 months ago

NCA was certainly not happy to lose a 25 year relationship with that facility.

Rev
Reply to  Sam B
10 months ago

Maybe Ask coach Pease at nca if he was happy to lose the Jcc

Former Coach
Reply to  Sam B
10 months ago

No, NCA wasn’t happy to lose the JCC and blame it on TE. I can personally attest to that.

necho
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

Is there even a Team Elite left to actually leave?

necho
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

Is there a Team Elite left to leave?

necho
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

Who all is still left at Team Elite?

Ghost
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

Who is training with Team Elite these days? He obviously doesn’t care about them. I feel for his Team Elite assistants

SCCOACH
Reply to  Ghost
10 months ago

I might be out of the loop but I thought Kathleen Baker was still his star pupil. I didn’t hear if she went somewhere else

Retired Coach
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

Bet she knows how to get to Cal!

SI Dad
Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

San Diego/Imperial LSC parent here. Team Elite combined with Coronado swim last year to form an a team called CSTE. They have several pools in SD County that they train in, including the BBMAC at Coronado Island. I am not knowledgeable enough about their Elite/NCAA/Pro program to comment, but for the last year the majority of the top age group swimmers in our LSC have transferred to their program.

HOWIE
10 months ago

Cal compliance officers job just got a lot busier.

‘Ol South
Reply to  HOWIE
10 months ago

I’d think that Durden was smarter than this. If you give Marsh even an inch, he’ll take a foot. I wouldn’t trust that guy for anything.

epiphany
Reply to  ‘Ol South
10 months ago

Are you kidding- Durden worships Marsh and is his acolyte in every sneaky way.

Coach
10 months ago

So, uh, how does this work? Pretty sure you’re only allowed to have 1 volunteer swim coach for a single gender program. Is he just working with post-grads/pros?

Admin
Reply to  Coach
10 months ago

What makes the most sense to me is that Marsh is going to work with the post-grads to fill that gap when the college team is off competing at Pac-12s, NCAAs, etc.

But, Marsh’s text to us specifically said “collegiate team.” That could’ve just been imperfect wording, though.

Hopefully the formal announcement today clears things up.

AThomas
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

whoops?

Admin
Reply to  AThomas
10 months ago

Chase Kreitler and his wife are having a baby in February.

I now have a new guess: Chase will go on parental leave. 🙂

epiphany
Reply to  Coach
10 months ago

Ah… its Marsh. The king of bringing in Olympians in January to compete at NC’s